Leadership in Action

The second Scholarship summer involves a leadership in action project. This is an opportunity for Scholars to either practically implement their research from the previous summer, propose their own project in partnership with an NGO/non-profit organisation, or to participate in one of the centrally organised opportunities that are offered by the Laidlaw Foundation. At the core of the leadership in action project is the aim to actively practice leadership and to reflect on how Scholars intend to continue to do so in the future – far beyond the Scholarship – when they take up their positions as tomorrow’s leaders.

The key components of the leadership in action project include:

  • An immersive experience, of at least four active weeks with an additional pre-planning and post debrief of a week to 10 days.
  • A NEW and challenging environment, outside of the Scholar’s comfort zone. It should include working with, or for, a disadvantaged group or community or a group suffering hardship.
  • An overseas experience (if the Scholar’s university or Laidlaw experience is not already overseas).
  • Doing something that makes the world a better place / produces a real-world impact.
  • Provides an opportunity to further develop and apply leadership skills.
  • Requires Scholars to demonstrate an ability to lead others and to work towards measurable and specific goals that have been defined at the outset of the project.
  • Each project / placement should have at least three smart goals that give an opportunity for the Laidlaw Leadership Attributes (at least one per goal) to be put into practice.
  • Each project should work towards at least one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Further information on Central Project information sessions is available via the Leadership in Action Information Session Room.